TitansOnline.com Senior Writer and Editor Jim Wyatt offers six hot topics from head coach Mike Mularkey’s Monday afternoon press conference.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Titans coach Mike Mularkey met with reporters on Monday at Saint Thomas Sports Park, one day after the team’s 16-10 loss to the Dolphins.

Here’s a look at six hot topics as he looked ahead to next Monday’s game against the Colts:

Questionable calls

Mularkey was asked about an unfortunate sequence of calls that went against the Titans, and changed the game early on Sunday.

Late in the first quarter, a 59-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Cassel to tight end Delanie Walkerwas called back because of an offensive pass interference penalty on tight end Jonnu Smith.

Mularkey said Smith was just running a route, and “you see it all the time.”

Two plays later, Cassel was hit as he threw the ball, and it initially looked like it would be ruled an incomplete pass. But officials instead ruled Cassel fumbled the ball forward, and the Dolphins were awarded a touchdown – a 38-yard fumble recovery by safety Reshad Jones.

So instead of the Titans leading 7-3, they trailed 10-0.

Mularkey reiterated on Monday his players told him they heard a whistle on the play that was ruled a fumble, which should have blown the play dead. Mularkey said the officials also made no signal on the play. Mularkey said the fact the ball traveled 13 yards forward was another indication it was an incomplete pass, and not a fumble.

“What really gets you is the two defenders that are coming on the field from their sideline, making it 13 defenders on the play,” Mularkey said. “There’s 13 Miami Dolphins on the field when that play is taking place. So their guys thought that was a dead play, too. That is illegal as well, and I am very shocked they didn’t see that in the review – they had 13 players on the field.”

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